The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia

The Haapsalu Shawl: A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia

Haapsalu, a small resort town on the west coast of Estonia, is famous for its 13th-century castle ruins, curative mud baths, and the legend of the White Lady. About the same amount of recognition has been brought to Haapsalu by its hand-knit lacy scarves and shawls. The skill has been handed down from mother to daughter, from one master knitter to another, for one and half centuries. This book has captured the secrets of the Haapsalu shawl and there is nothing left but hope that you will be encouraged to try out lace knitting.


A glorious, coffee-table size book of knitted lace, Estonia and a binding love between the two. Not a simple pattern book, and certainly not just a project book, but a time capsule into a far off world where the soul of a people is captured in the hands that guide the needles to create the indigenous patterns of a rich heritage. The photography capturing this world is rich and the drawings and charts make the techniques and the 100 plus patterns close to a hands-on learning experience.

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